Swimming in the Shallows.

Throwback Thursday travels back to the 1980s and a bird in its habitat. The photo was taken at Brown Moss, a nature reserve and Site of Special Scientific Interest near Whitchurch, Shropshire, England.

This is a Little Grebe (Tachybaptus ruficollis) in breeding plumage. An alternative name for the Little Grebe is Dabchick which seemed more commonly used when I was growing up. The bird is swimming in a shallow section of the large pool on the reserve.

Little Grebe or Dabchick.

Weekly Prompts Photo Challenge: Rear.

A selection of birds photographed from the rear. My contribution to the Weekly Prompts Photo Challenge: Rear.

A resting male Common Pochard from the rear. Hurleston Reservoir, Cheshire, England.

Common Pochard napping.

A male Purple Finch from the rear. South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario, Canada.

A male Purple Finch checking what the photographer is up to

A sunbathing Dunnock from the rear. Hatherton, Cheshire, England.

Sunbathing Dunnock.

A young Pine Siskin from the rear. South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario, Canada.

Juvenile Pine Siskin.

A Fieldfare from the rear. Faddiley, Cheshire, England.

Wintering Fieldfare in an orchard.

A male Yellow-headed Blackbird from the rear. Punnichy, Saskatchewan, Canada.

Yellow-headed Blackbird surveying his territory.

Fashion.

The new One Word Sunday challenge is Fashion. My initial idea was a photo of a bird species preening. However, birds preen to maintain their feathers, not to make themselves look smart so you can’t really say it’s a fashion statement.

But the idea of birds feathers made me think of the trade in birds feathers for the fashion industry. At the end of the 19th Century colonies of Egrets, Herons and other species were being slaughtered to supply the fashion industry with feathers. Frequently the adult birds were killed in the breeding season leaving the young to starve or be eaten by predators.

An adult Great Blue Heron with its feathers blowing in the wind. Photographed on the Lake Huron shoreline in Southampton, Ontario, Canada.

Great Blue Heron with its plumes blowing in the wind.

Friendly Friday: Ebb and Flow.

The latest Friendly Friday Photo Challenge is Ebb and Flow. It got me thinking about some of the locations I have photographed birds over the years.

A couple of locations in Saskatchewan stood out, in particular Last Mountain Lake, especially the National Wildlife Area that surrounds the northern end of the lake. Bird numbers would vary massively over the year.

In the spring the area is a stopover location for species such as this Killdeer. Some will stay in the area to breed while others will carry on north after feeding and resting.

Stretching Killdeer.

 

In the summer the area is a breeding location for species such as American White Pelicans. These birds are feeding in a channel where a marsh drains into a section of the lake.

Feeding party of American White Pelicans.

 

In the autumn the area is a major stopover location for Snow Geese and Sandhill Cranes on autumn migration. This is a section of a Snow Geese flock, the birds can number in the thousands.

A gathering of Snow Geese.

 

In the winter the lake is frozen and partially snow covered. There are no water birds left in the area although you may see the occasional flock of Snow Buntings. It is however still a good location for sunsets.

A frozen Last Mountain Lake.

CFFC: 2 Items or the Number Two.

This is my contribution to Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: 2 Items or the Number Two.

Having rather a long list of photos to pick from I decided to limit myself to eight photos.

Two tree trunks in the snow on the South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario, Canada.

two tree trunks in snow

Two American Herring Gulls taking a shower on the Lake Huron shoreline in Southampton, Ontario, Canada.

Showering Herring Gulls.

Two Silver-studded Blue Butterflies mating, Shropshire, England.

Silver-studded Blue Butterflies mating.

Two Eurasian Blue Tit, the male has just fed the female during incubation, Cheshire, England.

Feeding during incubation.

Two Banded Demoselles, the female is egg laying with the male in the background, Cheshire, England.

Banded Demoselles.

Two American Avocets feeding on a slough in Saskatchewan, Canada.

A pair of American Avocets.

Two Common Redpolls on the South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario, Canada.

Common Redpolls watching something behind me.

Two Yellow Lady’s Slipper Orchids on the South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario, Canada.

Yellow Lady's Slipper.

Cosmic Photo Challenge: An Anime-Ted Life!

This is my contribution to the Cosmic Photo Challenge: An Anime-Ted Life!

My first thought was animated wildlife, that is wildlife doing something. The first couple of photos I picked for the challenge were bird species from Saskatchewan so I decided to restrict my selection to birds photographed in Saskatchewan.

A male Ruddy Duck displays to a female.

Male Ruddy Duck bubbling at female.

A preening Marbled Godwit.

Preening Marbled Godwit.

A Killdeer having a good stretch.

Stretching Killdeer.

A singing male Red-winged Blackbird.

Male Red-winged Blackbird.

A Black Tern feeding over a roadside marsh.

Feeding Black Tern.